A Follow-Up Question
Imagine you are personally in charge of designing the spiritual reality. Not just designing a religion, but designing the way things are.
Assume also that there is something like a Heaven and a Hell. (In my belief, as I state below, Heaven is a relationship with God and Hell is separation from God.....but for the purposes of this question I'm talking about any sort of reward and/or punishment.) I know not all of you believe in such things, but let's imagine for the purposes of discussion.
What would be a perfect or correct system to decide who goes where?
Christians trumpet as great mercy the idea that all you have to do to obtain salvation (that is, re-connect with God) is.....well....ask for it. Afterwards, as I explained below, much is demanded in terms of love and self-sacrifice, but it's quite simple at the start.
Zhubin tells me he finds such a system abhorrent....a system where only loyalty is demanded no matter how loving or cruel you are.
So I ask my readers, how should it be? If there is a Heaven/Hell, what would be the right way for deciding who goes where?
If it's a merit-based system, where should we draw the line and why? If it's on some other basis
, what is that basis? Or should we just let everybody in?
I personally like a system which is simple to get into (ask for it) but demands much of you afterwards (love). But I would....I'm a Christian.
What system would you choose and why?